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Design Criticism

University of Illinois at Chicago

24 months
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24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
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About

The Master of Arts in Design Criticism (MAD-Crit) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a two-year program that develops textual and visual argumentation in the areas of architecture, urbanism, landscape, and allied design practices. 

Overview

The Design Criticism (MAD-Crit) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to empowering a new generation of idea activists for the discipline.

Revolving around intensive writing seminars and publication workshops, the ambition of the program is unabashedly operative: i.e., it is driven by the practice of writing and the demand to inject argument immediately into diverse media of communication. This operative orientation is accelerated by being situated within a School of Architecture focused on contemporary design, and through the program's overlapping coursework with the MArch and MS programs, such as participation in its research studios and publications.

Today, architecture and its corollary design fields have become increasingly compelled toward academic and professional specialization. While producing important scholarly and technical advances, this context has undermined if not obliterated the potential role for those invested in design culture as public intellectual. The MAD-Crit program aims to recover this generalist role that has been lost in the proliferation of doctoral programs and software niches. 

Taking advantage of its location in a major American metropolis and at public research university, the MAD-Crit program is particularly well-situated to solicit and expand the audience for design criticism and reposition the significance of design in public discourse. Moreover, as the product of design competitions are increasingly gravitating to books and arguments, the program understands criticism broadly to include proactive design propositions. At UIC, criticism serves as an invitation for new practices rather than a retrospective calling out of existing ones; it is a platform for future production. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architectural Theory and History 
  • Pro-seminar I: Design Criticism
  • Pro-seminar II: Publication and Graphic Argumentation
  • Writing Tutorial 
  • Topics in Architectural Theory and History

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

56 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate Field of Study: No restrictions. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in any field may apply.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three required, preferably from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s recent academic, professional, or creative work. Letters from professors who can assess the applicant’s academic abilities and potential for graduate school are the most useful. Letters from employers are also acceptable.
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE scores are now optional for fall 2021 applicants, though applicants are still encouraged to submit scores when possible.
  • Personal Statement: A 500-word statement should address the reasons for applying to a graduate program in design criticism, particularly the UIC School of Architecture; 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
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